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The world has changed.

So must hiring.

It's time for a more equitable, human approach to hiring.

WholeStory is a technology platform that provides insights into diverse life experiences to power better hiring.

A story-driven profile to enable authentic interviews and better hiring

Our platform brings together job seekers, employers, and workforce developers to enable authentic conversations in the interview, and beyond.

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I am adaptable and have a deep sense of purpose because of my experience having a baby when I was young.

African American woman and pics of her life experiences

Job Seekers:
Prepare to Shine

Build and share stories from pivotal life experiences to reveal character, mindset, and soft skills.

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African American woman and pics of her life experiences

Gain Deep Insights

Receive critical information not found in the resume or interview.

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Amir first generation graduate story

Being a first gen graduate helped me develop creativity and perseverance.

Job offer to a African American man with a WholeStory profile

Workforce Developers:
Align to Deliver

Bridge the last mile for job seekers to package and present their soft skills in the interview.

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Job offer to a black man with a WholeStory profile

Meet the Cofounders

We are a dynamic and intentionally diverse trio who have worked closely together for five years. Our strength and collaborative prowess as a team comes from the individual and collective challenges we've navigated together, like losing loved ones, undergoing brain surgery, and navigating all that 2020 introduced.

Together, we have remained impassioned and focused on our mission to use story to promote economic justice and eradicate hiring inequity. What we're most proud of today is building a product that's helped thousands of underestimated job seekers.

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Erin Anacker, Darren Varnado, and John Roach together in a park

In Seattle February of 2020, just before the world changed. From the left: Erin Anacker, Darren Varnado, John Roach

Recent Articles

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Case Study: Bridging the Opportunity Divide with Year Up Puget Sound

By Erin Anacker | May 18, 2020

Introduction In September of 2019, we brought on our first strategic workforce development partner, Year Up. They were the first of several and have paved the way for our mission-aligned, community based partnerships to help differentiate underrepresented job seekers in the interview. WholeStory’s introduction into Year Up’s program added significant value. A 2020 study showed…

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Hiring the unemployed, a competitive edge?

By Erin Anacker | March 17, 2020

As of yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people have either been laid off or their jobs lay in the balance, here in Washington State. As the rest of the U.S. responds to slow the spread of COVID-19, we may see millions of people laid off from almost every industry. Does that mean those people are…

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3 Ways to Get the Most Critical Information Out of the Remote Interview

By Erin Anacker | March 10, 2020

With the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) introduced in the U.S., it is top of mind for all of us in the business community here in Seattle. We are seeing the global shift in how we do business on a local level. Several major companies have announced fundamental changes in how they operate. To name a few:…

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